[linux-elitists] [ruben@mrbrklyn.com: Microsoft proposing FreeSoftware ban]

Mr.Bad mr.bad@pigdog.org
Thu May 3 16:01:13 PDT 2001


>>>>> "SDS" == Seth David Schoen <schoen@loyalty.org> writes:

    SDS> I agree, and every time somebody says "but the GPL needs
    SDS> copyright to work" I think "only as long a proprietary
    SDS> copyrights are honored".

Yeah, the only way I can see it being a problem is that, in a world
without copyright protection, someone might take a GPL'd program, and
make changes to it, and distribute that changed software in binary
form. Which, like, if it was proprietary commercial software, would
get copied all over the place immediately.

And if it was a trojan or something, it would be studiously
avoided. After all, in a world without copyright enforcement, who
would bother to hold back their source code? Only folks with bad code
embedded in their binaries is who.

Is there some other danger to Free Software from a complete
disappearance of copyright? I don't think so.

~Mr. Bad

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